A word on making your own blends -- some oils can’t mix together, in fact, it’s dangerous to do so. I’ve tested these blends and have a unique understanding so I can promise you these are safe for kids of all ages (that’s you, too, Momma!). When you’re using a carrier oil, you want something like fractionated coconut oil (which directly absorbs into the skin!) or a sesame oil, jojoba oil or even an almond oil. You want to be careful of nut allergies but all of these are great ways to make the blend stick so that the intensity of the essential oil is not so strong and you can spread the oil love! The oils I love are from doTERRA and if you're interested in learning more about bringing these oils into your practice, click here

Peaceful Start: Peppermint + Bergamot. Peppermint is for clarity of mind and focus. Bergamot is beautiful, it’s a citrus and it’s perfect reducing stress, calming and uplifting. Think of it as the superhero essential oil cape your kids never knew they needed! How to Layer: Add the carrier oil to a bowl or empty bottle, three or four drops of each essential oil and then mix together. This is a great oil for the chest, back and feet. If you’re on the go, you can put the carrier oil in your hands and mix the oils there -- that’s perfect for the drop-off line.

Healthy & Happy: Thankfully, doTERRA has taken care of this blend for us!! Keeping ON GUARD nearby throughout the school year is the best way to avoid the seasonal and environmental threats that tend to follow kids like… well, the plague! A few drops of ON GUARD in a diffuser in their bedroom. The best one is FROM DOTERRA, which you can buy here. You can use it to get rid of that teenager “essence,” to help them sleep, to help them relax -- you can use it without them knowing, especially as you’re working to help your kids get into their own mindful practice. And you can make other blends in the diffuser too, instead of using a carrier oil.

Sweet Rest: As you ease into a new routine, your kids can have trouble going to bed early. Monster Spray (lavender + water) is a great way to ease little ones into bed after a long, fun and exciting day. For your tweens and teenagers, SERENITY in a diffuser is a nice way to help them relax. If your child has difficulty breathing during activities, oils are often not recommended. Yoga Breathing Exercises are a great way to calm them down and I have a few of those to help you here.

Homework Helper: Sandalwood + Frankincense + Lime. Super earthy so they’ll bring your kids down to the task at hand and ease homework time. Add these three to a diffuser the moment you walk in, allowing them to breathe in the scents as you prepare a quick snack and set the stage for a peaceful evening session.

Getting your kids (and yourself!) into a routine at the beginning of the school year is a LOT easier than starting mid-year -- you’ve got the perfect chance to be mindful about this start and although I can’t guarantee it, I bet starting on this foot will not only ease their sad and/or anxious feelings about going back to school, but will help you flow through the transition, too.